©Po Ping Lo 2017 Year of the Rooster
Every year my friend Po Ping Lo does a gorgeous rendition of that year’s Chinese New Year symbol and graciously allows me to post her art work here. This year CNY begins on January 28, 2017 and is the Year of the Rooster. Thank you, Po!
2017 is a fire rooster year. Prepare for it by strengthening your personal appearance, embracing the rooster values of loyalty, commitment, and family values. You will be challenged to be very precise about your belief systems, your intentions for your love & relationships must be crystal clear, and you should be ready to fend off shady characters who will appear as tricksters in business, finance, and the internet. In other words, be a good rooster and watch all your chickens!
It’s become a tradition at Feng Shui By Fishgirl to showcase the Chinese New Year art work of my dear friend PoPing Lo We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey in 2016 and I think this particular PoPing illustration is wonderful. I thank the artist for allowing me to share it with my readers:
(May not be used or copied commercially without the permission of ©Po Ping T’so Lo.)
Here’s a little bit of what you can expect of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey (February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017.):
Although monkeys like to congregate in groups, success will come to those who break out from the pack and take risks that others won’t. This year it’s about individual efforts and putting action (the element of fire!) behind your wildest ideas. Innovation + Perspiration= Wealth this year more than ever.
Beware also the Tricksters in a Monkey Year. You know who they are. Deceitful people who charm you completely…then play you. They have one eye on your banana so they can grab it after misdirecting your attention to something unimportant. The message? Protect your bananas!
Ever hear of that saying “Not my monkey, not my circus”? This year is everybody’s monkey. Energy will be frenetic. Like a monkey jumping all around and swinging tree to tree and back again. It will be useful to become grounded in health and spiritual routine. Take time out for yourself and be still each day. There is an unpredictability to the world in a Monkey Year which makes it important to have something in your local personal sphere that is stable. For example, if you’ve recently moved, don’t delay in unpacking and getting your home feng shui foundation stabilized. If you have let your exercise and diet go, try to get back into the groove again because there will be a lot of stress in a Monkey Year.
Happy #CNY2016 everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choi!
This A-frame beam may be pleasant to look at but my feng shui hunch is it’s not a great placement for a bed. Traditionally, feng shui practice tells us that the beam is pushing a heavy weight and that energy can be felt if you are sensitive to it. You may experience it as headaches, restlessness, bad dreams, and uncomfortable sleeping positions.Solutions to counteracting beam energy:
*Relocate the bed so it’s not under the beam.
*Try a canopy bed with a white fabric between you and the beam.
*Paint the beam white. White symbolizes metal, metal cuts wood and negative energy will be diffused.
*Place a traditional Chinese feng shui firecracker under the beam. Perhaps you can make it look like an art sculpture to disguise its appearance. Much easier to paint the beam!
This 1950’s fireplace had the look of a frumpy overweight couch potato. With low ceilings the two toned effect of the white upper portion and grayish stone lower half made the room look even more compressed than it is. Solution: Paint it all one color (I chose a bright white).
Not For Navigation art work by © Katy Allgeyer 2014
Not only does the room seem to have taller ceilings, the white bounces more light into an otherwise dark corner of this home. Prior to painting, the actual fireplace interior would disappear. Now you know it’s there and the slate hearth provides a welcome bench to sit by the fire. The only caveat is make sure you want to paint your brick or stone because once it’s done, there’s no turning back without a lot of trouble.
In feng shui terms, these elements are represented here: fire (d’uh!), earth (the slate and brick), metal (the white color paint), wood (the logs), and the painted scene of water and air complete the spectrum for good feng shui balance.
I have one of those 1950’s houses with the original sugar almond pastel bathrooms. Mine are a blue one and a pink one. When we bought the house, my boyfriend and I never did anything to it. Saving the pink bathroom was always the plan. But the sink stand and the multicolored paint job with wallpaper border around the ceiling? Ugh. Here are a few pictures (I was so excited to get started I forgot to take “Before” pics until I had already begun!).
In order to get a clean fresh look without spending much money I decided to go to Home Depot with my Cheap & Ch’i- ful checklist:
*Embrace the Pink: The wall color is Behr Pink Ginger. By keeping the walls and the ceiling monotone with the tile, it feels like a more spacious bathroom.
*The sink stand was refreshed by attaching stainless steel peel off tiles to the sides and partial detail on the front. Martha Stewart Living Specialty Metallic Paint in “Thundercloud” was used to match the Aspect Peel & Stick Matted Tiles in Square/Stainless pattern.
*The window had plenty of ug-factor, too. Not seen here are the home made “old lady curtains” and the chrome towel bar that kept falling down. I removed those and found a paper folded “Redi-Shade” for under $5 at Home Depot. (Yes,it will probably unfold with the bathroom humidity—that remains to be seen!—but for now it gives me the look I want until I can replace it with a really nice shade or blind. Plus, I can always take baths in my pink bathtub to avoid steaming up the room!). I painted the trim in the same metallic paint.
*I searched my own art collection for pieces that would fit into the Art Deco-ish space. These may evolve into other art work but for now I think it looks okay.
All for less than $200. Here are the pics:
STILL TO DO:
I have painted the inside of the door Pink Ginger, too. The current trim is white but I plan to paint it metallic silver to match the window. The toilet seat is white. I searched around the internet and found Bemis has over 95 retro shades at their website. There are 4 possible matches to my commode so I ordered samples ($1 each) and will order the $85 seat that goes best. I need to replace the caulk around my pink bathtub and scrub up the chrome sliding doors, too. I may rethink my towels but for now these’ll do.
I realize this ‘renovation’ is the equivalent of buying a new lipstick instead of getting a facelift. But have I improved the feng shui? Yes! By transforming something ugly into something vibrant and fresh I have created lots of happy energy. And for now, I can live with that.
PS: Sorry the photographs are not the greatest. My beloved partner/photographer passed away in September. Find out what happened at the Going to Goa Blog.
this is the legend of the fishgirl and the bear……enjoy!
Beds placed in front of windows tend to be design and feng shui no-no’s. Except when they are as cleverly done and as thoughtfully balanced as this one is. The key is to incorporate proper window dressing as well. Check out about a dozen more excellent examples of how to solve this design dilemma with good feng shui at ElementsofStyleBlog.